Homeless groups are denying that young people will be forced out of supported accommodation as part of a reorganisation of services in Dublin city centre.

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive has confirmed that the length of stay will be reduced from two years to six months in the YMCA hostel and St Catherine's Foyer facilities.

But a spokesperson for the executive said that no-one will be asked to move on until appropriate long-term accommodation is available.

The reorganisation is part of the Pathway To Home scheme, which calls for homeless young people to be moved into independent living rather than risk institutionalisation from living in supported accommodation.

Under the reorganisation, Depaul Ireland is to take over running of the YMCA hostel in Aungier Street, which provides 36 places.

The YMCA will have a policy of "harm-reduction", which involves working with young people who have drug and drink issues, but it will not condone use on site.

But the Homeless Executive states that the facility will only cater for those referred by the Central Placement Service and not individuals calling to the door.

The Peter McVerry Trust will take over the 48-bed St Catherine's Foyer on Marrowbone Lane from the Cara Housing Association.

Sinn Féin Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh said residents near St Catherine's have received assurances that the centre will continue to cater only for young people who are addiction-free, case-managed and referred by the Central Placement Service.